Chemistry Newsletter - 11/28/2005

 

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter


XXIX - No. 38 November 28th, 2005

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Beat The Holiday Rush

Just a reminder to get your requests/repairs into the glass shop so you are ready to do your research over the break. The glass shop is located in room 3201.

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Department and Finance Committee Meeting Schedule

Department/Executive Committee Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 9341 Chemistry

 

12/13/05

2/14/06

3/21/06

4/11/06

5/9/06

Finance Committee Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 1130

 

12/6/05

12/20/05

1/17/06

2/7/06

2/21/06

3/7/06

3/28/06

4/4/06

4/18/06

5/2/06

5/16/06

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SEMINARS

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Tuesday, November 29th, 2005 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Daesung Lee, UW-Madison.

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Thursday, December 1st, 2005 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Matthew Dodge, Burke Group.

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Thursday, December 1st, 2005 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Audrey Gasch, UW-Madison, Genetics. “Cellular responses to environmental stress revealed by whole genome expression analysis”

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Friday, December 2nd, 2005 - Pharmaceutical Sciences Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 2006 Rennebohm Hall. Professor Jeffery Aubé, University of Kansas. “Synthesis and Structures from Alkyl Azides”

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Monday, December 5th, 2005 - Biochemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry, 420 Henry Mall, UW-Madison. Yun-Xing Wang, National Cancer Institute. “Using NMR to Answer Fundamental Biological Questions”

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Monday, December 5th, 2005 - Inorganic Seminar - McElvain Speaker, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Tom Meade, Northwestern University.

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Tuesday, December 6th, 2005 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Shana O. Kelly, Boston College. “Interfacing and Templating Nanostructures with DNA”

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Thursday, December 8th, 2005 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. SooHyuk Choi, Gellman Group.

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Thursday, December 8th, 2005 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Robert Blick, UW-Madison, Electrical and Computer Engineering. “Nano-Electromechanical Systems and Their Applications”

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Monday, December 12th, 2005 - Biochemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry, 420 Henry Mall, UW-Madison. George Rose, Johns Hopkins University. “Proteins: The Unfolding Story”

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Tuesday, December 13th, 2005 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Edward J. Kramer, University of California, Santa Barbara. “Phase Transitions in Flatland: Order, Disorder and Defects in Block Copolymer Monolayers and Multilayers”

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Wednesday, December 14th, 2005 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Jocelyn Pinkert, Graduate Student, Burstyn Group.

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Tuesday, January 17th, 2006 - McElvain Seminar in Physical Chemistry, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Timothy Zwier, Purdue University. “Laser Probes of the Potential Energy Surfaces of Flexible Molecules and Water-containing Complexes”

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Thursday, January 19th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Seyed Seradj, Burke Group.

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Tuesday, January 24th, 2006 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor David M. Leitner, University of Nevada, Reno.

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Tuesday, January 24th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Phil S. Baran, The Scripps Research Institute. “The Catalytic Cycle of Discovery in Total Synthesis”

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Wednesday, January 25th, 2005 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Ken Karlin, John Hopkins University.

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Thursday, January 26th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Brian Smith, Denu Group.

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Tuesday, January 31st, 2006 - Willard Lectures in Physical Chemistry, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Richard J. Saykally, University of California, Berkeley.

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Tuesday, February 1st, 2006 - Willard Lectures in Physical Chemistry, 2:00 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Richard J. Saykally, University of California, Berkeley.

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Thursday, February 2nd, 2006 - McElvain Lecture, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor John Yates, Scripps Research Institute.

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Tuesday, February 7th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Marcus Weck, Georgia Institute of Technology.

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Tuesday, February 7th, 2006 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Venkat Ganesan, University of Texas at Austin. “Dynamical Phenomena in Multicomponent Polymers”

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Wednesday, February 8th, 2005 - Inorganic McElvain Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Allison Campbell, Pacific Northwest Lab.

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Thursday, February 9th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Andrew Razgulin, Mecozzi Group.

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Tuesday, February 14th, 2006 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Hanna Reisler, University of Southern California.

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Thursday, February 16th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Adam Garske, Denu Group.

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Monday, February 20th, 2006 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Melanie Sanford, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

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Tuesday, February 21st, 2006 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Ji-Xin Cheng, Purdue University.

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Thursday, February 23rd, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Sarah Jewell, Blackwell Group.

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Tuesday, February 28th, 2006 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Alex Benderskii, Wayne State University.

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Thursday, March 2nd, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Luke Lavis, Raines Group.

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Tuesday, March 7th, 2006 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Arieh Warshel, University of Southern California. “Computer Simulations of Enzymatic Reactions: Finding out What are the Catalytic Principles that Really Work?”

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Tuesday, March 7th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Christian E. Schafmeister, University of Pittsburgh.

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Thursday, March 9th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Sangho Park, Lee Group.

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Monday, March 20th, 2006 - Ferry Lectures in Physical Chemistry, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Christopher M. Dobson, Cambridge University, UK.

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Tuesday, March 21st, 2006 - Ferry Lectures in Physical Chemistry, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Christopher M. Dobson, Cambridge University, UK.

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Tuesday, March 21st, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor David M. Walba, University of Colorado. “High Throughput Measurement of ee Using Ferroelectric Liquid Crystals”

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Thursday, March 23rd, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Jamie Ellis, Cavagnero Group.

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Wednesday Thru Friday, March 29th - 31st, 2006 - Meloche Lectures, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Stephen Lippard, MIT.

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Thursday, March 30th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Bin Sun, Lynn Group.

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Monday, April 3rd, 2006 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Patrick Holland, University of Rochester.

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Tuesday, April 4th, 2006 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Mark A. Johnson, Yale University.

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Tuesday, April 4th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor D. Tyler McQuade, Cornell University. “Microreactors, Encapsulated Catalysts, and Mechanisms: New Tools and Techniques for Polymer and Small Molecule Synthesis”

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Thursday, April 6th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Kevin Schultz, Nelsen Group.

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Tuesday, April 11th, 2006 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Sanat Kumar, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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Tuesday, April 11th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Dan O’Leary, Pomona College. “Deuterium and Tritium NMR Equilibrium Isotope Effects Involving OH/OH and CH/N Hydrogen Bonds: Stereochemical Applications”

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Wednesday, April 12th, 2006 - Merck Lectures, a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Steven Ley, University of Cambridge, UK.

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Thursday, April 13th, 2006 - Merck Lectures, a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Steven Ley, University of Cambridge, UK.

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Tuesday, April 18th, 2006 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor H. Jane Dyson, The Scripps Research Institute. “New Insights from NMR into Unfolded Proteins and the Protein Folding Process”

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Thursday, April 18th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Virginia W. Cornish, Columbia University. “Co-Opting Nature's Machineries for Chemical Discovery”

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Thursday, April 20th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Jennifer O’Neill, Blackwell Group.

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Tuesday, April 25th, 2006 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Michael J. Saxton, University of California at Davis.

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Thursday, April25th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Matt Sigman, University of Utah.

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Thursday, April 27th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Jon Tunge, University of Kansas.

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Tuesday, May 2nd, 2006 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Kenneth Jordan, University of Pittsburgh. “Electron and Proton Localization in Water Clusters”

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Tuesday, May 2nd, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Peter Stang, University of Utah. “Nanoscale Molecular Architecture: Design and Self-Assembly of Metallocyclic Polygons and Polyhedra via Coordination”

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Thursday, May 4th, 2006 - McElvain Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Suzanne Walker, Harvard University.

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Thursday, May 11th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Jeff Johnston, Indiana University.

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Physical Chemistry Student Seminar abstracts/announcements can be found at: http://www.chem.wisc.edu/physical/Home.html.

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Texas A&M University NIH-Funded Interdisciplinary Predoctoral Training Program

We seek your help in bringing our NIH-funded interdisciplinary predoctoral training program in Molecular Biophysics (MB) at Texas A&M University to the attention of interested undergraduates at your institution. The expertise of the 20 training faculty drawn from five departments on campus spans an impressive range of methodologies and biological systems, from biophysical chemistry and biomolecular spectroscopy to structural and computational biology. Our investigations of single molecules to multicomponent assemblies, from proteins to nucleic acids, from thermodynamics to kinetics, and from soluble to membrane-bound systems, speaks to the tremendous breadth of graduate training opportunities in Molecular Biophysics at Texas A&M University. Applicants who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents will be considered for a limited number of two-year NIH Traineeships in Molecular Biophysics, awarded on a competitive basis. This traineeship pays a $23,000 annual stipend and covers full tuition and fees as well as partial support for travel to a scientific meeting and a generous textbook allowance. Application details can be found at our website at: http://biophysics.tamu.edu.

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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Tony Frutos, Ph.D. of Corning Incorporated has several open positions within his research and development organizations. In his group, he is looking to hire a bioanalytical chemist and a bio-organic chemist. In our Molecular and Cell Biology group, we are looking to hire someone with a biomaterials background and someone with experience in stem cells. Finally, in our Bioengineering group, we are looking to hire someone with a microfluidics background. To give you an idea of the type of research that we do, here is a list of recent papers that have been published from our group: "Optical biosensor provides insights for bradykinin B(2) receptor signaling in A431 cells", FEBS Lett. 2005 Oct 25; "Characteristics of dynamic mass redistribution of epidermal growth factor receptor signaling in living cells measured with label-free optical biosensors" Anal Chem. 2005 Sep 1;77(17):5720-5; "Functional GPCR Microarrays", J Am Chem Soc. 2005 Nov 9;127(44):15350-1; "Probing cytoskeleton modulation by optical biosensors", FEBS Lett. 2005 Aug 1;579(19):4175-80; "Fabrication and application of G protein-coupled receptor microarrays", Methods Mol Biol. 2004;264:233-43; "Membrane protein microarrays", J Am Chem Soc. 2002 Mar 20;124(11):2394-5; "Rare earth-doped glass microbarcodes", Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2003 Jan 21;100(2):389-93; "High-sensitivity detection of DNA hybridization on microarrays using resonance light scattering", Anal Chem. 2002 Apr 15;74(8):1792-7; "Method for detection of single-base mismatches using bimolecular beacons", J Am Chem Soc. 2002 Mar 20;124(11):2396-7. Please contact: Tony Frutos, Ph.D., Manager, Bioanalytical Chemistry, Corning Incorporated, SP-FR-01, Corning, NY 14831, Tel: (607) 974-9718, Fax: (607) 974-5957, e-mail: frutosag@corning.com.

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University of Wisconsin-Madison. Part Time Position in the Mass Spectrometry Laboratory. Starting Spring 2006. This is a Technical Assistant (TA) position for a graduate student who would like to learn how to run all the instruments in the Mass Spectrometry Laboratory and to assist graduate students and postdocs in using mass spectrometry to solve problems. The Mass Spectrometry Laboratory staff generates quality data and keeps the instruments operating optimally. The TA will be working with a large variety of organic, biochemical, and organometallic compounds. The appointment will be for at least one year (including the summer of 2006). Interested students should contact: Dr.Martha M. Vestling, e-mail: vestling@chem.wisc.edu.

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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The Department of Chemistry at Stony Brook University and Brookhaven National Laboratory invite applications for a joint faculty position at the Assistant or Associate Professor level in the general area of Materials Chemistry (including nanomaterials and materials synthesis), starting in Fall 2006. Exceptionally well-qualified candidates at higher rank will also be considered. Candidates must have a Ph.D. in materials, physical, inorganic, supramolecular, or analytical chemistry, materials science, or a closely related field, and at least one year's postdoctoral experience. Candidates must have demonstrated excellence in innovative research and have a strong commitment to teaching general, materials, physical and/or inorganic chemistry at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Candidates with expertise and/or interest in the use of major synchrotron light source beam lines) and in technique development (e.g., single molecule detection) are strongly encouraged to apply. Candidates should submit a complete curriculum vitae, including publication list, three letters of recommendation sent to: Materials Chemistry Faculty Search Committee, Department of Chemistry, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY 11794-3400. Application review will begin November 15, 2005.

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Marian College. Full-time Faculty, (Tenure-track at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning Fall 2006). Instructional responsibilities include the one-year organic chemistry sequence, advanced organic, upper-division biochemistry, biochemistry for nursing, and participation in the general chemistry program. Opportunities for an advanced undergraduate course in speciality and the direction of undergraduate research. BS in Chemistry and doctorate in organic or biochemistry; previous college teaching experience desirable. Willingly support the Mission and Core Values of the College. Application Deadline: Submit a cover letter, curriculum vita, transcripts, a statement of your small-college teaching philosophy, and three letters of recommendation to: Mail: Director of Human Resources, Marian College of Fond du Lac, 45 South National Avenue, Fond du Lac, WI 54935, E-mail: cflood@mariancolleae.edu, FAX: 920-923-7154. or more information see: http://www.mariancollege.edu. Review of applications will begin February 15, 2006 and continue until the position is filled.

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California University of Pennsylvania. This is a tenure track faculty appointment, at the Assistant Professor rank. Salary is competitive and commensurate with academic preparation and experience. An excellent fringe benefits package is included. The position is for a physical chemist. Duties for the position will include teaching 24 credit hours per academic year in introductory, advanced, and laboratory courses in chemistry, will require hire to actively participate in ACS Certification of the Chemistry program, engage in scholarly activities such as seeking external funding to support research interests and facility upgrades, and assist with a new university-wide initiative to strengthen the elementary education program in areas of science and mathematics. A Ph.D. in the chemical sciences is required. Applicants must excel in teaching physical chemistry and introductory chemistry courses in a Studio format. Applicants are also expected to develop laboratory experiments for physical chemistry that will enhance the students’ experiences. Additionally desirable is experience in one of the following interdisciplinary areas: polymer chemistry, environmental chemistry, materials science or nanotechnology. Successful candidates for the position must have a strong motivation to teach at the undergraduate level, interest in supporting integrated lecture/laboratory courses, a desire to enhance the laboratory experience for students, a willingness to actively recruit students and develop collaborative partnerships with high schools and community colleges. Teaching assignments may involve travel to regional sites and/or distance learning formats. In order to be a leading candidate in this search, in addition to the aforementioned requirements, the candidate minimally must be fluent in the English language, be able to communicate well, demonstrate outstanding potential for excellence in teaching through a successful interview and/or classroom demonstration and be interested in the use of innovative curricular approaches that are student- centered, inquiry-based and hands-on oriented. To be considered, applicants must submit hardcopy of all of the following before an on-campus interview is granted: a letter of application; full curriculum vita; brief statement describing teaching philosophy; brief description of plans for an undergraduate research program; official transcripts from all graduate and undergraduate colleges and universities; and three letters of recommendation. Veterans should forward a copy of form DD214 to the Office of Social Equity, 250 University Ave, Box 9, California, PA 15419. Send complete application materials except DD214 (if veteran) to: Dr. Kimberly Woznack, Chair, Chemistry Search Committee, Chemistry and Physics Department, California University of Pennsylvania, 250 University Ave. (Box 56), California, PA 15419-1394, Phone: (724) 938-5734, E-mail: woznack@cup.edu. Application Deadline: December 9th. For more information visit: http://www.cup.edu/employment.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AND/OR JOBS

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Laboratoire de Chimie de Coordination. Post-doctoral position announcement. Coordination and organometallic chemistry of relevance to controlled radical polymerization. The post-doctoral researcher hired on this position will carry out research sponsored by the newly created National Research Agency (ANR). The project consists of fundamental studies of coordination chemistry of relevance to controlled radical polymerization. New coordination and organometallic compounds may need to be synthesized. The post-doc will carry out mechanistic studies of reactions involving one-electron changes on the coordination sphere (radical additions to metal and/or ligand, halogen atom transfer, hydrogen atom transfer of relevance to catalyzed chain transfer). The available compounds will be tested as catalysts for controlled radical polymerization processes. The polymers obtained will be characterized in order to evaluate the controlling ability of the catalyst system for the chain growth process. The post-doc may also carry out, depending on previous training and personal interest, computational studies of homolytic bond strengths. The Laboratory of Coordination Chemistry (Unité Propre CNRS), the flagship institution in Coordination Chemistry in France, is equipped with stat-of-the art instrumentation. A Ph.D. in inorganic or polymer chemistry is required. The position is for 1 year, with possible extension to a 2nd year upon mutual agreement. The successful candidate must be trained in synthetic coordination/organometallic chemistry. Proficiency in inert atmosphere handling techniques and in the characterization of coordination compounds (optical spectroscopies, multinuclear NMR, EPR, magnetic studies) is required. Training in anyone or more of the following additional topics, though not essential, will further strengthen the application: electrochemical techniques of analysis (particularly cyclic voltammetry); radical polymerization processes; polymer characterization; computational studies by ab initio and/or DFT methods. The position will start on March 1, 2006, or thereafter as soon as a suitable candidate is found. Send a letter of motivation and CV by E-mail to: Rinaldo Poli, e-mail: poli@lcc-toulouse.fr. Include the names and full coordinates of at least two references.

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